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V-Mart placed on 15-day DL by Red Sox

V-Mart placed on 15-day DL by Red Sox

BOSTON -- As manager Terry Francona talked with reporters before Tuesday's game against the Rays, he was asked if he had any updates on Red Sox players.

"Who would you like it on?" Francona quipped.

For Francona, whose team is coming back from a six-game road trip to Denver and San Francisco, the injuries continue to pile up.

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Before the game, the Red Sox placed catcher Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list, with a minimally displaced fracture in his thumb. He will not need surgery.

"He had no chance of catching in the next week for two -- it was just going to be impossible," Francona said. "Hopefully, we go through the All-Star break and he will be very close to being ready. We just have to give it a little time to heal. The bright side of it is that this thing isn't going to be long-term."

After the injury to Martinez on Sunday, the swelling in his thumb began to bother the catcher, and it continued to be tender Tuesday.

"It isn't fun -- I wish I could do anything to not go on the DL, but it is painful," Martinez said. "I just have to take it day-by-day now."

With the vacancy at catcher, the Red Sox called up Gustavo Molina, who will most likely catch knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on Friday.

"He caught a side session of Wakefield's in the spring," Francona said. "His strong suit is that he has great hands, so that is good."

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